Rutgers linebacker Izaia Bullock charged in plot to kill family members of acquaintance

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. – A Rutgers University football player has been arrested and charged in connection with a plot to kill the family members of an acquaintance.

Izaia Bullock, 22, was charged Tuesday with two counts of attempted murder, a first-degree crime, and two counts of conspiracy to commit murder, also a first-degree crime, according to a news release from Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey and Rutgers University Police Chief Kenneth Cop.

Bullock, a Linden, N.J., native, is listed as a redshirt junior linebacker on the Rutgers football roster. He has seen action in one game, Sept. 22 against Buffalo.  

"Izaia Bullock has been dismissed from the team. The university is initiating disciplinary proceedings. All further questions should be directed to the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office," a Rutgers spokesperson said in an email statement Tuesday evening. 

Bullock was charged after an investigation by the Rutgers University Police Department and the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office. The investigation indicates that on Monday, Bullock initiated the murder plot. The intended victims are not affiliated with Rutgers University, according to the news release.

Bullock is being held at the Middlesex County Adult Correction Center in North Brunswick, pending an initial court appearance in New Brunswick.

According to his LinkedIn profile, Bullock was a student at Middlesex County College in Edison from 2014 to 2017 and was involved in Quo Vadis, the college's newspaper.

The investigation is continuing.

Contributing: Staff writer Josh Newman

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